Ontario reports 9 new COVID-19 deaths, daily cases just above 1,000

Ontario reports fewer than 1,000 COVID-19 cases

There are now nine cases of B.1.351 in Ontario, which was first noted in South Africa, and one case of P.1, which was first found in Brazil.

There were 12,922 doses of vaccines against COVID-19 administered on Feb 21, which is down from 16,404 administered on February 19. That leaves 10,296 known active cases of the virus in Ontario.

The province completed 25,979 tests with a positivity rate of 4.2%.

The lower case count caused a slight dip in the weekly trend of new cases per 100,000 residents, though the figure has been rising in the past several days and is approaching the "Red-Control" level under the province's COVID-19 framework.

675 people are now hospitalized with COVID-19 in Ontario, down from 718 reported yesterday.

Officials have identified a total of six United Kingdom variant cases, while the province has an overall total of 20 active infections.

Public health officials: United Kingdom variant of COVID identified in Ontario County resident
The province said 66,351 tests were completed in the previous day and 19,112 additional doses of the vaccine were administered. The province has reported 2 cases of P.1, which is the variant strain that originated in Brazil.

The most recent developments on the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada (all instances jap): 1:35 p.m. Manitoba well being officers are saying no new COVID-19 deaths at present and 76 new circumstances.

"The reality is that there are 34 public health units that are preparing and submitting their own plans to the vaccine task force because what is a good way to vaccinate people in Thunder Bay could be very different than Toronto, a much more urban population, than in a very rural population, as well", Elliott said Tuesday.

The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit says the person who died had tested positive for a variant of concern. "Hillier, he is going around the clock, public health units, everyone is working collaboratively together", Ford said.

Ontario is back under 1,000 daily new cases with 975 confirmed this morning and 1,002 resolved cases. The shutdown and stay-at-home order are still in effect in the region until at least March 8. According to the Toronto Star, she is considering a request from Toronto and Peel region to potentially delay loosening restrictions for two weeks. There are eight known cases of that strain in Ottawa, and one known case of the B.1.351 (South Africa) strain.

Liberal health critic John Fraser said local health units will need support from the province, including faster progress on the online booking portal promised to co-ordinate vaccination appointments. The region is in the green - prevent zone. The health unit has reported 445 confirmed cases. There are 97 known active cases.

There is one known case of the B.1.1.7 (U.K.) strain in Kingston.

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